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VOLUME xxvm ROANOKE RAPIDS, N. C. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4,1943 NUMBER 27
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TEXTILE WORK ESSENTIAL
RULING DOES
NOT APPLY TO
LOCALMILLS
Latest War Manpower
Dependency Ruling For
INon-Essential Industries
Production of textiles is an es
sential industry in the war effort
and employees of local textile
plants still retain the same status
they did before the most recent
ruling of the War Manpower Com
mission which came out this week.
This ruling affects men from
18 to 38 in certain industries and
jobs which have been designated
by the Commission as non-essen
tial to the war effort. In their
case dependency will no longer be
recognized as reason for defer
ment, unless they transfer to a
new job, such as the production of
textiles which is considered essen
tial.
Only this week, the importance
of the textile industry to the war
effort was stressed in a telegram
to local textile officials from the
War Production Board. Dated
February 1 and signed by Frank
L. Walton, head of the Textile Di
vision of W. P. B., the telegram
was as follows:
“Urgently request you increase
your production all possible. Far
more production needed for mili
tary and essential civilian needs.
We expect to channel our produc
tion into most essential usage and
all extra production you can make
will help the war effort.”
DISCUSS NEW
RATIONING AT
MEETING MON.
Information Officer
From State Office
Principal Speaker
AT AUDITORIUM
The public is invited to attend
an important meeting on Point Ra
tioning which will be held at the
Roanoke Rapids High School
Building on Monday, February 8,
at 8 p. m.
The principal speaker will be
Mrs. Ruth Vick Everett, Chief
State Information Officer, who will
explain how Ration Book Number
Two will be issued and used.
As every man, woman and child
(even infant), will be given this
new ration book, it is necessary
that they be informed as to its
proper use. This meeting is free
and is open to everybody includ
ing high school students. .
■j Another Phase of Air Warfare
IU. S. Marine Corps Photo
Training at the Marine Corps base at
New River, N. C., are barrage balloon
squadrons equipped to perform valu
able war service at any area to which
they may be assigned. Balloons will
continue as important implements in
air warfare and United States Ma
rines are prepared to facilitate their
usefulness to the utmost when bal
loons are needed. Supervising the
training of Marine Corps barrage bal
Iloon units is Colonel Bernard L.
Smith, USMC, designer of the nava!
seaplane NC4 which spanned the At
i lantic in 1919.
Draff Chairman
Urges 18 -Year
>Old$ Register
Although Halifax County Local
Draft Board No. 1 does not know
of any actual instances in the
territory of youths reaching their
,il8th birthday not registering, T. W.
Mullen, chairman of the Board,
made the statement this week that
it was most important for them
to do so. In a statement to the
press, Chairman Mullen said:
.} “The Selective Service Law re
quires every man as soon as he
reaches his 18th birthday to regis
ter for military service. Failure
to register subjects the person
^failing to do so to heavy penalties.
'Men can register at the Local
Draft Board No. 1 office in the
Kidd Building, or with O. L. Cur
rin, Littleton, at his place of bus
iness. Do not fail to attend to
this important duty.”
V :
Mrs. B. T. Gibson
Ss New Secretary
Merchant's Group
Mrs. Blair T. Gibson has been
named the new secretary of the
Roanoke Rapids Merchants As
sociation, and took over her duties
the first of the month. She suc
ceeds Mrs. J. M. Sharp, who has
held that position since early in
1941, but who has moved to Ra
eigh to join her husband there,
where he is employed with a
wholesale drug company.
Mrs. Gibson is a native of San
Antonio, Texas. Her husband is
stationed with the U. S. Navy at
Charleston, S. C., where he holds
the rating of chief specialist. She
attended Cumberland University,
Lebanon, Tennessee, and has had
extensive business training and ex
perience. She and her 7 year old
daughter reside at Patterson
apts. in the city.
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T0(/(*//FP t/P! city <lnil County
wmevomA 1 „ ,
, %.a^ Boy Scouts ~
VIHV join the Nation in
| MV. | || Im$B the celebration of their
33rd Anniversary
during NATIONAL
BOY SCOUT WEEK
February 6th to 12th
— See Scout Stories Inside
-a
Negro Farmer Was "Skeered;"
STRANGE PARACHUTE
DROPS NEAR CITY
— but it wasn't sent by Nazis!
Theodore Hawkins, county Negro farmer who lives about
ten miles from the city in the Lick Log community near
Littleton saw one of the strangest sights he had perhaps
ever beheld last Thursday morning. A small parachute
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uuaicu giat/Ciunj iu wit giuuuu
and made a perfect three-point
landing right in his own front
yard!
* While it was true the parachute
did not appear to be large enough
to accommodate a man, Theodore
had read a lot about the war —
perhaps of how Rudolph Hess
landed in Ireland a couple of years
ago, and it did seem strange to
him. Perhaps =- it was possible —
the ’chute had glided to the earth
of his Halifax County farm one
of these miniature little Jap fellows
or maybe a “Man from Mars.” On
the other hand, it might contain
an incendiary bomb, which would
blow up any minute. At last noth
ing happened, and Hawkins decid
ed to investigate.
He was relieved to find that in
stead of a swastika or emblem-of
the-rising-sun, it contained mark
ings which definitely established
the fact it had been sent up by
the U. S. Signal Corps; further in
vestigation revealed it was about
6 feet in diameter, with a balloon
attached, and contained instru
ments — possibly a sound detector,
an antenna, and such. Hawkins
didn’t know much about that
technical stuff and he was relieved
I. rli/1 nrvf oonfoin O hoiYlVi
He took it into his house and
carefully preserved it, resolving to
report the incident to authorities
at the first opportunity. But what
with the ban on pleasure driving,
and all, traffic isn’t so brisk these
days out the Lick Log way, and it
was Tuesday afternoon of this
week before Ernest Hines, a
neighbor of Hawkins, found his
way into the hardware store of
C. A. Wyche in Roanoke Rapids
and reported the strange findings
of his neighbor.
Mr. Wyche advised that Ben
Lancaster, who is chief observer
at the Air Warning Station oper
ated here at the filter plant, was
the proper man to contact. Lan
caster was promptly advised of
the strange incident, whereupon he,
accompanied by Jim Ingram —
who also works for the Sanitary
District —and a Herald reporter,
set off for the Lick Log commun
ity.
Sure enough, there it was. A
little small, but none-the-less a real
live parachute, with “instruments”
intact. After questioning the Ne
gro man, Lancaster brought the
parachute to his office, and after
conferring with Brigadier General
Willis R. Taylor, in charge of
ground force observations of the
Army at Norfolk, he was advised
to send it with instruments intact,
to the U. S. Signal Corps in Wash
ington. He complied with the in
structions and it is now a “closed
riMUiiiyfa
BULLETIN
Cotton mills were given the
second highest priority rating
in the country when the War
Production Board yesterday
granted the textile industry a
rating of AA2X.
Only rating higher is for stra
tegic military priorities.
The high rating for textiles
was granted for repair and op
erating supplies and other items
needed to keep machinery and
plants in sound working condi
tion and to guarantee uninter
rupted operation of the indus
try.
LEGISLATIO
OF INTEREST
TO COUNTY
The current issue of the Bulletin
of Local Legislation, issued by the
Institute of Government, Raleigh,
reports the following legislation
of interest to residents of Roanoke
Rapids and Halifax County.
SB 34 — Introduced by Johnson
of Halifax, January 19 (tax col
lectors to carry arms.). Jan. 28
reported favorably by Senate Com
mittee; Jan. 29, passed 2nd and
3rd readings; Jan. 30, passed 1st
reading in House, sent to Commit
tee on Counties, Cities and Towns.
SB 66 — Introduced by Johnson
of Halifax, January 26. “To cre
ate a cemetery commission and to
authorize the levying of a tax of
ten cents on the one hundred dol
lars worth of property when ap
proved by the qualified voters of
the Town of Weldon, in Halifax
County.” (Tax levying authori
ties to levy the tax to purchase,
operate and maintain municipal
cemeteries; submitted at next mun
icipal election; governing board of
Town of Weldon to appoint a
Cemetery Commission of not —'re
than 5 members to find suk^oic
lots, within or without the town
limits, and make contracts for the
purchase.) Sent to Committee on
Finance, Jan. 26. Jan. 29 report
ed favorably by Senate Committee.
An Alabama farmer, with a
654-pound dead hog on his hands,
remembered the fats salvage cam
paign and telephoned the State
rationing officer, who made ar
rangements to have the animal
rendered down for use against the

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